Hey All! So it is once again that time when a blog from me is coming out 😀 This time, I am visited by a returning author namely; Jayne Bamber and her new book, “Outmatched.”
So welcome Jayne Bamber, as she tells us a bit about her upcoming book, for now, a peek is all we get.
Hello, readers! Its always a treat to be featured on Interests of a Jane Austen Girl, and I am excited to share another excerpt of my upcoming release, Outmatched. This novel is a fusion of Mansfield Park and Sense & Sensibility – an unlikely pairing, but one that lends itself to plenty of surprises for the readers!
The tale opens as Sir Thomas returns to Mansfield Park form Antigua, and just before Willoughby breaks Marianne Dashwood’s heart at Barton. The characters from both books converge at Norland, and while the stories begin to deviate from canon at that point, there is one point that remains unchanged: Willoughby’s dirty little secret. We know from canon that there was a confrontation between Willoughby and Colonel Brandon, and in Outmatched the readers will learn a lot more about Eliza Williams – but for now, here is a glimpse of Willoughby vs. Brandon….
Willoughby followed Colonel Brandon down the corridor to the library, and the two men took a seat in a pair of leather armchairs at the end of the room. The fireplace was thankfully kept lit all the time, and Willoughby drew his chair a little nearer to it, for he felt chilled to the bone. He had already imagined what must inevitably come next.
The colonel cleared his throat before looking sternly at Willoughby. “I believe I must drop all pretense of explanation, and begin directly. I was called away from Delaford eight days ago, as you know. I have spent the interval here in Sussex, for the communication, I received that day indicated that my ward, Miss Eliza Williams, was sighted in the area; she has been missing for months. She was last seen staying with friends near Loxwood – but this much I believe you know already. The innkeeper recalls your staying there in the spring.”
Willoughby stiffened, every muscle in his body tense. “I travel a great deal.”
“My ward does not. But she, too, spoke to the innkeeper lately, with the intention of discovering your whereabouts. As her guardian, I have the right to know why that might be.”
Willoughby averted his eyes and shrugged. “You shall have to ask her. Perhaps I left some article behind, and she wished to see it returned to me.”
“You will have to do better than that, Willoughby,” the colonel snarled. “Her asking after you, and her sudden disappearance – they must be connected, and I want answers. If you have harmed her in any way….”
“That, I can assure you, I most certainly have not,” Willoughby cried, thinking with disgust of the encounter he could not begin to confess to his rival.
“Just what does that mean, you cur?” The colonel stood and sneered down at him. “I know what you really are, a vain seducer and a blackguard. You may think you are bestowing a great honor, rather than villainy and ruination!”
Willoughby glared up at the imposing man. That the Colonel seemed not to know the whole truth made Willoughby bold, and his anxieties were well enough allayed as to allow him the indulgence of indignation, for he could not but chafe at this interruption of his courtship with Marianne.
“What facts have you? Until you make your accusation outright, I can scarcely defend myself. If you have come all this way to make idle insinuations, I might point out that there is no crime in staying at an inn, and in being noticed, recollected, and spoken of by residents of the area. Perhaps it is not a phenomenon you have ever experienced yourself,” he spat.
“What accusations indeed,” the colonel thundered. He stepped closer, his tall frame towering over Willoughby, whose attempt to stand himself was forestalled by the colonel catching hold of his cravat and pulling him to his feet – to his very toes. Colonel Brandon was stronger than he looked, even at such an age, and his grasp made Willoughby too uncomfortable for any further insolence.
“I have come all this way,” the colonel repeated. “I have come to put you on notice, sir. I trust my instincts, particularly as regards you. If I find that you have laid a hand on my ward, or that you are connected in any way with her disappearance, I shall return and claim restitution, such as I think you shall not like to pay. I hope this is clear enough for you.”
The colonel released him now with a slight but solid shove and began to stride from the room, but Willoughby returned the shove, his hand jarring the colonel’s shoulder. Colonel Brandon spun about, hellfire in his eyes. Damn the man!
“I shall put you on notice, then. If you think to sabotage me for succeeding where you have failed – if you think to tarnish my reputation unjustly, I shall be the one to ask for satisfaction.”
The colonel looked utterly unaffected. “Either way, sir, I trust my instincts – and my skill with a pistol. And now you must be wishing to return to Miss Marianne. She so enjoys your pretty words, at present.”
Wow! That was more a small peek, am I right, guys? I at least think this is a book worth getting your hands on ASAP! And not to brag, but I am the lucky one who got her hands on an ARC copy of the book, so I will return imminently with my review. I think Colonel Brandon has the right of the situation with his ward and the villainous Mr Willoughby, I am sure it will only get worse once Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility will converge at Norland, and see what happens next, just a guess… Lots and lots of drama! And personally, I love it.
Here is the link for the rafflecpoter link so you can be in the drawing of a copy of this book in the coming weeks, the lucky winner will be contacted by the author. Giveaway Outmatched
In the picture below, you can see when the blog tour starts, and which pages to visit to read about this upcoming release.
And last but not least, on the following link, you can preorder this wonderful book.
So for now, I will just say, see you guys soon. I am in the middle of several books, and I can say that one is a rather big American Austen related book, which is part of a very important book blog come June. Until then, see you soon and stay safe.